Right on the Button
Is this perhaps a straight player trade for Chris Buckley?
Button's rationale strikes me as a lot more convincing than Buckley's (also published on The Daily Beast).
Guess they'll have to find somebody else to write Obama's hooker lines.
Sing a battle song (in the struggle against Israel)
Occasional TIWIT contributor, "Spectre," has been occupying himself these long autumn evenings with the screeds of unrepentant terrorist William Ayers and his wife and comrade Bernadine Dorhn.
In Prairie Fire, the dedications page lists many "victims" of imperialism. One of those freedom fighters is Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan, as you no doubt recall, assassinated Bobby Kennedy. What you may not recall is that Sirhan was a Palestinian who was upset with Bobby Kennedy's support of Israel. The new reprint, Sing a Battle Song, acknowledges those dedications, and surprisingly adds that "political prisoners and prisoners of conscience," like Sirhan Sirhan, who they also glowingly refer to as "committed activists," remain "unconscionably" jailed today.
The truly frightening thing is that Ayers and Dohrn are perhaps the major exposure Obama has had to those outside his own race. These people -- who decry the "institutional racism" ingrained in the US, rail against "white supremacy" and bash Jews every chance they get -- represent Obama's view of white and Jewish America. Think about it. With whom has Obama associated during his life? Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party. His white grandfather, who was friends with Davis and was, at least, sympathetic to communism. William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Jeremiah Wright. Father Phleger. Rashid Khalidi. The New Party.
Ayers influence on Obama is obvious: Obama believes the Palestinians have legitimate grievances. Obama and his advisors believe, as Ayers does, that Israel is an oppressive aggressor.
Here's a choice passage from Prairie Fire (p. 126) that Spectre sent along to me:
Zionist colonialism has cultivated a worldwide image as the besieged victim, the heroic victim holding off the barbarians, a semi-socialist state where strong and free sabras made the desert bloom, the refuge and guarantee against anti-Semitism. The reality is very different:
- The Zionist state is clearly the aggressor, the source of violence and war in the Mideast, the occupier of stolen lands…. It is racist and expansionist -- the enemy of the Palestinians, the Arab people, and the Jewish people.
- Israeli society internally reflects this imperialist reality; militarized, commercial and competitive.
- The myth of the kibbutz is a powerful one, but the kibbutzim never contained more than 5% of the Jewish population of Palestine or Israel, and are no evidence for Israel being a socialist country. Many of the kibbutzim are on land which Palestinian peasants were driven from, some directly exploit Palestinian labor. And they are all subsidized by Zionist funds.
- Zionism does not represent Jews. It is a racist ideology based on a claim that “God” chose a people superior to others. It has been consistently used as an alternative to class struggle and socialism for Jews, undermining Jewish progressive and working-class traditions.
- There is no basis for a claim that Zionism is a bulwark against anti-Semitism.
This line of thinking may help explain why Jesse Jackson recently said that the biggest change to expect from an Obama foreign policy would be to end "decades of putting Israel's interests first."
According to this article by between New York Post columnist Amir Taheri:
"Obama is about change," Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. "And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it."
Were the Los Angeles Times to release its videotape of Obama at the Rashid Khalidi dinner, we might know how much of Khalidi's anti-Israel worldview he shares.
But, the Times tells us, don't hold your breath.
Farewell, Dean Barnett
"As I grew sicker, I had what for me was an extremely comforting insight. I came to view serious and progressive illness as an ever constricting circle with oneself at the center. The interior of the circle represents the contents of one’s life. As the circle gets smaller, things that were inside get forced out. Some of these things are dearly missed; others that were once thought precious get forced to the exterior and turn out to go surprisingly unlamented.
"At the innermost point of the circle are the things that really matter: family, faith, love. These things stay with you until the day you die. At the very end, because the circle has shrunk down to its center, they’re all you have left. But as we approach that end, we finally realize that all along, they were what mattered most. As a consequence, life often remains beautiful and worthwhile right up until the end."
You lived a life that was beautiful and worthwhile right up until the end.
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt, Bill Kristol, Ed Morrisey and Allahpundit, Mark Steyn, Jim Geraghty, Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Iowahawk, Ace of Spades, Jim Treacher, John Podhoretz, Peter Robinson, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Jennifer Rubin, Ed Driscoll, Paul Mirengoff and John Hinderaker, Baseball Crank, Stop the ACLU, Jon (at Exurban League), Glenn Reynolds, Sister Toldjah, Flap, Neo-Neocon, Dirty Harry's Place, Dan Lamothe, Matt Lewis, Protein Wisdom, Katie Favazza, Wizbang, IMAO, Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, John McCormack, Sean Hackbarth, W. James Antle III, Flopping Aces, Little Green Footballs, Roger L. Simon, Meryl Yourish, Stephen Green (Vodkapundit), Bookworm, Vanderleun, TF Boggs, Andrew Sullivan and Patrick Ruffini all offer their goodbyes. Even Markos Moultisas found a kind word for Dean: "I may not like many of you guys on the Right, but Dean was a class act and someone who was a true online friend. I'll miss him terribly." Boston Globe obit is here.
And now Mitt Romney.
Where Obama developed his audacity of hope
What? You thought he came up with that all by himself?
Obama sends a message to FOX
About the Fairness Doctrine.
From an interview with The One in today's New York Times:
"I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls. If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right?
"Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?"
Well, Barry, if the shoe fits …
You're going to endorse … who?
No, wait … seriously? And because … hold on … he's transformational?
You're killing me here, Colin.
Rush Limbaugh: "Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race. OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with."
The latest poll numbers are in …
UPDATE: In the "But seriously, folks" department, the latest Rasmussen polling does indicate that Joe the Plumber may be at least partly responsible for the tightening we've seen in the national tracking polls since the third debate. " According to Rasmussen:
Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans say either McCain or Joe the Plumber best understands the realities they face. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats say Obama does. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 50% pick McCain or Joe while 38% name Obama. [My emphasis.]
Unfortunately, the MSM's hit job on Joe has hurt his favorability rating, which Rasmussen measures at 44 percent. (Yes, I completely made up the number in the chart.) But despite the MSM's attempt to make Joe the Plumber's credibility the issue rather than Obama's response to his question, the video face-off between voter and candidate is clearly giving voters second thoughts about whether Obama is really the candidate best equipped to deal with a difficult economy.
And—once the MSM moves on and people discover the real scoop on Joe—he may start developing his own political following. Turns out, once you get beyond the smokescreen of tax liens and plumbing licenses, he's a pretty articulate and thoughtful guy.
"Just a guy who lives in my neighborhood …"
Whose radical views I just happen to endorse.
Obamian triumphalism and the rise of the citizen politician
Do you know this man?
Don't feel bad if you don't.
He's Pascal Couchepin, the current president of Switzerland. And, even in Switzerland, he's not exactly what you'd call a big deal. After all, Swiss presidents only serve for a year. And under the Swiss Federal Constitution, they don't get much power.
Mr. Couchepin is tall. And he likes to walk fast. Members of the media complain that they have a tough time keeping up with him.
Reporter: “Do you think the reporters need more exercise?”
President Couchepin: “I think that they need it definitely. But not just journalists. Everybody must make more exercise.”
Now I'm by no means advocating that we turn the United States into Switzerland.
But the idea of human-scale government seems to have returned with a vengeance this election season, even as some politicians stage their speeches in front of oversized Styrofoam columns and carry their campaigns to the agora of foreign cities. (In a continuation of Premature Inauguration Syndrome, the Obama campaign is planning a blowout party on election night too.)
Or rather, Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher.
"I'm not trying to make statements here, but, I mean, that's kind of a socialist viewpoint. You know, I work for that. You know, it's my discretion who I want to give my money to, it's not for the government decide that I make a little too much and so I need to share it with other people. I just -- that's not the American Dream."
That may not be great oratory, but, hey Joe, you've got my vote.
It's not looking too good right now for citizen politicians.
"Caribou and Wurzelbacher too."
Sounds like a winner to me.
UPDATE: Joe "The Pro" Biden takes on Joe the Plumber (and completely misses the point). Sorry Joe, but there are plenty of small businesses that earn more than $250,000 a year. And your tax plan will hit them hard.
With friends like Obama, does Israel need enemies?
Obama's attitude toward Israel—pace Joe Biden—has always been problematic at best. (The photo above shows the Obamas "palling around" with Mrs. and Mrs. Edward Said, circa 1998. The late Columbia professor, who died of cancer in 2003, was one of the most vocal critics of Israel and the war on terror. He won considerable notoriety for a rock-throwing incident on the Lebanon-Israel border and—shades of Obama himeself—falsifying his biography.)
Now Jesse Jackson informs us that a President Obama would bring "fundamental changes in U. S. foreign policy, notibly in our relationship with Israel.
The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end.
Jackson believes that, although "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" remain strong, they'll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.
"Obama is about change," Jackson says.
In this case, I believe him.